A goal from Slovenia-based Australian Luka Prso helped lift the Young Socceroos to a 1-0 win over FC Utrecht U-19 in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Prso, who plays his club football for NK Olimpija Ljubljana, scored in the 35th minute of the contest after skipping past the Utrecht defence.
Leeds United custodian Cooper Skerry and Joeys FIFA U-17 World Cup goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic, who plays at Sydney FC, both played 45 minutes in the match, with each making some important saves to ensure the clean sheet.
The Young Socceroos selection are in Holland for a talent identification camp, with twenty-two players from Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom brought together to show their abilities to Head Coach Gary van Egmond.
Games against AFC Ajax Amsterdam U-19 (22 February) and FC Twente U-19 (25 February) will be played over the coming days, and provide more chances for players to impress van Egmond as a big year for Australia’s U-19 men’s national team kicks off.
The AFF U-19 Championship will be held in Indonesia mid-year, followed by the AFC U-19 Championship in Uzbekistan in October.
The 2020 AFC U-19 Championship serves as the qualification process for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will next be held in Indonesia in mid-2021.